Win x2 tickets to the Team GB Ball 2017


We are giving away two bronze seats for our illustrious Team GB Ball which takes place at the V&A in London on 1st November 2017. A special evening where our guests come together with Olympians past and present to enjoy a three course meal, an exclusive and personal Q&A with athletes and a live performance from a very special artist.

 
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Win a 6-night luxury holiday to Sri Lanka worth £8000 


Win a 6-night luxury holiday to Sri Lanka worth £8000

 

We’ve teamed up with Quintessentially Travel, the luxury tailor-made travel specialist, to give you the chance to win a 6-night holiday to Sri Lanka, the land of serendipity.

Discover crumbling ruins and ancient monuments in dense jungle, sail on a journey of a lifetime from Weligama Bay to spot magnificent whales, meet day-old turtles at Kosgada, step back in time with tea plantation tours or live out your dreams of meeting rescued elephants.

Starting in the south of the teardrop island at Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort, you will experience one of the best new hotels, as voted by Condé Nast Traveler US’s prestigious 2017 Host List. A naturally exclusive hideaway nestled amidst a 21-acre coconut plantation, it is the only resort to be set along a secluded stretch of Sri Lanka’s southernmost coastline. While here, you can make the most of the signature Anantara Spa, a sanctuary within a sanctuary where their trusted ancient therapies will heal, de-stress and re-balance you.

 

Journeying west to Anantara Kalutara Resort, located on the peninsula between the ocean and Kalu Ganaga River, the winner can experience the local charm of Kalutara, a coastal and historic town just 10 minutes from the resort and home to the world’s only hollow Buddhist shrine. Take advantage of the impressive menu of activities on offer; drift on a traditional “The Oruwa” sailing vessel during a fishing trip, take the plunge with a range of water sports or slow down and reconnect with yoga.

The Prize for two includes:

  • Return economy flights from London Heathrow or Gatwick airport to Colombo
  • Roundtrip airport transfers from Columbo Airport
  • Three-night stay at Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort in a Premier Ocean View Room with breakfast
  • A complimentary dinner at Journeys Restaurant
  • 25% discount on Spa Treatments Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort
  • One-way transfer between resorts
  • Three-night stay at Anantara, Kalutara Resort in a Premier Ocean View room with breakfast
  • A complimentary dinner at Olu Restaurant
  • 25% discount on Spa Treatments at Anantara, Kalutara Resort

Source: Win a 6-night luxury holiday to Sri Lanka worth £8000 – Jazz FM

Win a holiday to Turkey worth £90,000


We’re giving away an incredible five-night holiday to Turkey‘s Bodrum Pensinula. Set on the Aegean Sea, the coast is a glamorous playground of seaside towns, golden beaches and hillside villages filled with bougainvillaea. The winner and a guest will stay at the five-star Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum, in a luxurious Mandarin Villa – it has a private terrace and pool, a sauna, steam room and fitness suite – with breakfast and a three-course dinner included each day.

Located in Paradise Bay, the hotel has two private beaches and enough restaurants and bars to eat somewhere new each night. A gourmet dinner at the hotel’s Bodrum Balikcisi is part of the prize. Other added extras include a private tour of the Bodrum Peninsula on a traditional Turkish gulet, a Reformer Pilates class followed by a 90-minute Mediterranean Journey and Aegean Calm body massage in the hotel’s spa, and return flights from London Gatwick to Milas, Bodrum’s local airport, where return transfers will be provided.

For more information on the Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum, visit mandarinoriental.com/bodrum

This competition closes on 30 September 2017. For more holiday competitions, visit our competitionspage. 

To enter, click here to see a photograph of a mystery destination. Read the clue and see if you can identify the location in the photograph, then type your answer back on this page, into the space below.

Competition terms and conditions

http://www.cntraveller.com/news/competitions/win-a-holiday-to-turkey?utm_medium=Email&utm_source=Editorial-TravellerNewsletter&utm_campaign=1848543519

WIN A £50 SHOPPING VOUCHER AND A £250 APPLE STORE VOUCHER FOR YOUR CLASS


WIN A £50 SHOPPING VOUCHER AND A £250 APPLE STORE VOUCHER FOR YOUR CLASS`

WIN A £50 SHOPPING VOUCHER AND A £250 APPLE STORE VOUCHER FOR YOUR CLASS

To celebrate the start of the new school year, Ni4kids has teamed up with British Airways to offer one lucky pupil the chance to win a £50 shopping voucher for themselves and a £250 Apple Store voucher for their class to spend on technology equipment.

KIDS GO FREE

We all know that saving every penny counts when it comes to family holidays, so leading global airline, British Airways is delighted to share its ‘Kids Go Free’ offer with Ni4kids readers.

British Airways is working in partnership with some of the UK’s biggest airports, including George Best Belfast City Airport, on an exciting campaign to offer free flights for up to two children under 12 who travel with one full paying adult until 31 October 2017 – including on flights between Belfast and Heathrow.

The partnership means up to two children can fly for free when travelling with an adult, even during the school holidays! It can be used on Euro Traveller tickets booked until October 1 for travel until October 31.

British Airways offers passengers up to five flights a day from Belfast City Airport to London Heathrow and all flights arrive into Terminal 5, British Airways’ flagship Heathrow home. The airline also provides connectivity for local passengers to British Airways’ extensive global network of over 140 destinations worldwide from London Heathrow.

Flying kids for free will make it cheaper to fly away for fun and see more of the UK and Europe. Find out more, including all terms and conditions, and book online at ba.com/kids-fly-free

GET ON BOARD TO WIN

Colour in our British Airways ‘Kids Go Free’ picture and you could win a £50 shopping voucher and a £250 Apple Store voucher for your class. Your design will be entered into the competition and one winner will be selected from all entries received. Schools will be contacted directly to coordinate the prize.

DOWNLOAD YOUR COMPETITION ENTRY FORM HERE!

Competition closing date: 5pm Friday 20 October 2017.

POST YOUR ENTRY TO:
British Airways Art Competition, c/o Ni4kids, Unit 5a, Channel Wharf, 21 Old Channel Road, Belfast, BT3 9DE

http://www.ni4kids.com/competitions/article.aspx?listing_id=978c3724-9d2c-4475-9ef9-ab216e33a834

Win bespoke play equipment for your child’s primary school


Want to be the most popular parent in the playground? To celebrate the importance of outdoor play, Germolene is offering Mumsnetters two chances to win a set of incredible play equipment for their child’s primary school – worth a whopping £5,000 – plus six outdoor family games vouchers from Toys R Us worth £125 each

To support childhood development, Germolene Antiseptic Cream* is working with The Wild Network, a charity which encourages children to roam free and play wild. The Wild Network has created a community of organisations involved in making meaningful change to putting children in touch with nature. Their role is to provide more opportunities for outdoor play.

Outdoor play is an essential part of childhood development. The results of a new survey by Germolene (1) show the vast majority of parents (95%) recognise the many benefits of outdoor play, including physical exercise, social interaction and the development of cognitive skills. 72% of parents believe that experiencing occasional cuts and grazes during outdoor play is an important factor in childhood development.

However the survey also found that only 56% of children nowadays have the opportunity to play outside after school every day. That compares poorly with the experiences of their parents – 80% of whom said they enjoyed all manner of outdoor adventures when they were young. It’s clear that more needs to be done on getting kids out in the fresh air.

 

Need more convincing? Germolene have rounded up some of the top reasons to get your kids outdoors:

Growing self-awareness

Outdoor adventures will develop a child’s understanding of healthy risk, helping them become more self-aware. Learning their limits and strengths will teach kids how to make decisions for themselves. All of which means parents should try and control those protective instincts and remember that the odd bump or scrape along the way is all part of growing up.

Boosting creativity

One of the best things about children’s minds are their vivid imaginations – all that fearless creativity! A recent study by Stanford University (2) has shown that being outdoors can boost this creativity, improve a child’s attention span and enhance their performance on mental tasks.

Stress reduction

Stress is something we might typically associate with adulthood but there have been increasing reports of rising stress levels in children too. Research has shown (3) that being outdoors can help children reduce these feelings of anxiety, with stress hormones and blood pressure both found to fall after exposure to nature.

Building communication skills

Outdoor play provides the opportunity for children to practice valuable communication skills and understand the importance of teamwork; they are able to share ideas and knowledge, listen to their peers, take and give direction and become more understanding of others’ needs.

Germolene Antiseptic Cream is there for you and your family as a first-aid treatment. Germolene is a dual action treatment that works as an antiseptic, local anaesthetic and helps to soften the skin. The non-greasy, water-based cream also helps prevent secondary infection from minor cuts or grazes, burns or scalds, as well as blisters, stings and insect bites. A reliable first aid treatment for over 90 years, Germolene is suitable for the whole family – and is available from just £1.79 for 30g from Boots. Contains phenol and chlorhexidine gluconate.

*Always read the label.

WIN – Germolene’s Big Back to School Competition

Germolene Antiseptic Cream is working with The Wild Network charity as part of a campaign called ‘Celebrating Outdoor Play Everyday’. To celebrate this campaign, and get the whole family outside, Germolene is offering six lucky Mumsnetters Toys R Us outdoor family games vouchers worth £125.

What’s more, those who enter can also nominate a primary school of their choice to be in with the chance of winning one of two bespoke outdoor play equipment sets worth up to £5,000 each.

 

 

Enter for your chance to win

Source: Win bespoke play equipment for your child’s primary school

Win! A trip to Jordan worth over £2,350 | Wanderlust


 

Jordan has been attracting visitors for millennia. Whether it was the ancient Nabataeans plying trade routes near the Red Sea, or Bedouin nomads and their camel caravans plodding the King’s Highway, all these wanderers have left their mark on a land that has more than its share of wonders.

These days, adventure travellers are the latest to discover Jordan’s charms. But with so much wild beauty and heritage on show, planning a route through it all can be daunting. Enter the updated Discover Jordan group tour from adventure travel experts Explore – an ideal way to get to the soul of this disparate, breathtaking land.

EXPLORE’S EXPERTISE

Explore has been organising group tours for over 35 years and now offers over 600 trips to over 120 countries. There are few nooks that their guides haven’t explored.

The Discover Jordan trip harnesses all of Explore’s years of experience in this region into one epic adventure. This nine-day odyssey mixes ancient ruins and sandstone gems with the vast natural desertscapes of Wadi Rum and corals of the Red Sea. Plenty have enjoyed Jordan’s treasures – now it’s your turn.

MAN-MADE MARVELS

Many of Jordan’s ancient wanderers, from Roman legionnaires to impassioned Crusaders, left a mark on the country. One fascinating example is the Roman city of Jerash, an ancient settlement that was left buried under sand for hundreds of years, until being discovered a little over two centuries ago. It has been left remarkably preserved, and you can now walk its vast collection of ruins, from the colonnaded streets and the crumbling stadiums to its centrepiece, the Forum, an oval plaza fringed by 160 stone columns.

The Treasury, Petra (Dreamstime)

Next, head south for a pair of stops firmly rooted in their Christian past. Stroll Madaba and gasp at hundreds of Byzantine-era murals splashed across the walls, floors and ceilings of its buildings. The most iconic sight in the ‘City of Mosaics’ is arguably its 6th-century Madaba Map, a depiction of the Middle East during biblical times that has been created from 2 million pieces of multicoloured local stone. Pit stop also at Mount Nebo, which was mentioned in the Bible as the location where Moses glimpsed the ‘Promised Land’.

Follow in the wake of those who have passed through – and often inhabited – Jordan over the centuries on the King’s Highway. Traders, armies and pilgrims all travelled along the 5,000-year-old route, which, in its heyday, stretched all the way to Egypt. Evidence still remains of its use, with the remains of Shobak Castle overlooking the route nearby, once a stronghold of the Crusaders.

No trip to Jordan would be complete, however, without a visit to its rosy jewel, Petra. Stroll its sandstone buildings over two days, including the intricate facades of its Treasury and Monastery, then meander the slaloming desert canyons. The stone steps up to the Royal Tombs also afford epic views over the sands of Wadi Araba.

DESERTS AND DIVING

But Petra’s desert panorama is just a taste of things to come, as you head further into Jordan. Hop in a 4WD and sweep over Wadi Rum’s crimson dunes, spying the monoliths that pierce the horizon. Spend a night with those who know this land best, and join Bedouins in camping under the stars, listening to ancient tales of nomadic folklore.

After soaking up the desert heat, cool off in the Red Sea base of Aqaba – ideal for reef diving. Swim or snorkel among its exotic marine life, including blue-spotted rays, hawksbill turtles and lionfish, or hop on a reef-viewing boat to glimpse the kaleidoscopic coral from the surface. Or you can simply relax at the Earth’s lowest point, floating in the calm saline waters of the Dead Sea.

The Dead Sea (Dreamstime)

TAKE TO THE TRAIL

Perhaps the best way to appreciate the nomads, pilgrims and tradesmen that created Jordan’s diverse culture on their way through the regionis to tread those same paths. Explore’s Walking in Jordan tour covers a slice of the newly established Jordan Trail, which stretches from Um Qais in the north to the Red Sea in the south.

The section traced by the Discover Jordan trip begins in the dunes and canyons of Wadi Rum, then threads spectacular Petra along a pair of ancient routes – the Desert and King’s Highways – before hiking up to the imposing Kerak Castle. Trek past snippets of Jordan’s patchworked history at Jerash and Madaba and take well-deserved dips in both the Red and Dead seas.

No matter where you go in Jordan, you’re sure to be following in historic footsteps, Dreamstime and Explore’s Jordan adventure makes doing so far easier than if you’d attempted to go it alone. Experience not only the legacies of wanderers past but some of nature’s most awe-inspiring creations as you delve into the heart of this incredible land.

How to enter

Explore is offering one reader and a friend places on its nine-day guided Discover Jordan tour, which includes return flights with Royal Jordanian and visits to Petra, Wadi Rum and more. To be in with a chance of winning, answer the following:

Question

Petra was rediscovered in which year? a) 1912 b) 1812 c) 1712

 

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Closing date: 11 Oct 2017

 

Jordan’s packed with legendary cities and natural wonders – enjoy a blend of both worlds with adventure tour operator Explore

Source: Win! A trip to Jordan worth over £2,350 | Wanderlust

WIN: Be the mascot at the 2017 Super League Grand Final | Rugby AM


We have linked up with Batchelors Peas to give one child (under 12) the chance to be the official mascot at the 2017 Super League Grand Final on Saturday 7th October.

The winner must be accompanied by a parent or guardian 18 years or over, will receive VIP hospitality for 4 people and be provided with £100 to cover travel expenses by Princes Limited.

We will contact the lucky winner by telephone and email in the week commencing 11.09.2017. Please CLICK HERE to read the full terms and conditions of the competition.

 

Source: WIN: Be the mascot at the 2017 Super League Grand Final | Rugby AM

Win a week’s stay at an adorable and chic shepherd’s cottage in County Durham


Shepherds, I think we can all agree, are among the least heralded and yet most hardworking members of the great rural community. They’re out there in all weathers, whistling, waving a stick and generally making sure sheep don’t wander into trouble. They gifted their name to one of the most satisfying foodstuffs yet devised by humanity. How many vocations are so wholesome they get a pie named after them? Truly, shepherds, you’ve done us proud, and not least in the explosion of cute shepherd’s huts acting as rustic boltholes popping up across the country of late.

Kate and Richard Hodgson aren’t shepherds but dairy farmers, and opened their brand new shepherd’s hut at the start of July. This two-person hideaway has got absolutely everything going for it: it’s on their 330-acre farm near Ingleton in County Durham, about 20 minutes outside Darlington, and is therefore in easy reach of the North Pennines, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors. There are loads of walking and cycling routes in this part of the world, and there’s the two-Michelin Star Raby Hunt restaurant a five-minute drive away in Summerhouse too.

It’s got great views across the valley, and lots of little touches which make this far more luxurious than your average hillside bothy: inside the traditional, wood-panelled exterior there’s a cast-iron wood-burner, a proper king-size bed and an HD television as well as an en suite bathroom with a power shower. Given that Kate and Richard’s other holiday properties include the five-star gold-standard Mill Granary and Mill Byre on the farm as well as the cute Church Cottage in nearby Gainford and Cheeseborough House, a Grade II-listed former weaver’s cottage in Barnard Castle, it’s not so surprising that the latest addition to their portfolio condenses all of the trademark rustic cosiness and modern conveniences of their other properties.

Enter our prize draw this month and you can win a week’s stay in the shepherd’s hut, and on top of that, you’ll get a bottle of champagne on arrival. To be in with a chance of winning, send your name and contact details on a postcard to Living North, Studio 2, St Nicholas Chare, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1RJ, enter online at www.livingnorth.com or email competitions@livingnorth.com. Please mark your entry SHEPHERDS HUT. All entries to be received by Friday 29 September. Not the winner? For more information on the shepherd’s hut and other properties visitwww.millgranary.co.uk.

Mill Granary Cottages
Middleton House, Ingleton DL2 3HG
01325 730339

Expiry Date:
29/09/2017

 

Source: Win a week’s stay at an adorable and chic shepherd’s cottage in County Durham’s gorgeous countryside – plus a bottle of champers on arrival | Living North

Win a Garden Pavilion | gardenersworld.com


Every garden deserves a cosy outdoor retreat that can be used rain or shine.

The Scanline Pavilion range from Nordic Garden Buildings ensures you have an insulated garden room, which can be used 365 days of the year. This maintenance free double-glazed building is designed to stay beautiful and to last, ensuring you spend evenings and weekends enjoying your new garden room instead of painting, staining or repairing. Including a high security door and window locking features, your garden room can be decked out with a table and chairs for dining, and can serve as a home for plants.

We have one prize available to win, comprising of a Scanline Evia Pavilion from Nordic Garden Buildings, worth £6,195.

For more information on the Scanline Evia Pavilion, plus other garden buildings from Nordic Garden Buildings, visit nordicgardenbuildings.com.

  • We have one prize available to win from Nordic Garden Buildings, from £6,195
  • The prize comprises of one white Scanline Evia Pavilion, including delivery and installation. The pavilion measures 2838mm x 2656mm x 2656mm (H x W x D)
  • A concrete base must be installed by the winner before the pavilion is installed
  • The winner is responsible for the cost of the concrete base
  • The winner is responsible for ensuring planning permissions (if applicable) are in place before the pavilion is installed
  • The closing date of the competition is 11:55 am, Thursday 19 October, 2017
  • The winner will be notified and prize arranged after this date

The closing date for this competition is 11:55 am, Thursday 19 October, 2017. Please note that this competition is open to UK residents only. Installation not on mainland England, Scotland or Wales may be subject to additional charges.

 

Enter now for your chance to win a garden pavilion worth over £6,000, from Nordic Garden Buildings – in this competition on gardenersworld.com.

Source: Win a Garden Pavilion | gardenersworld.com

Win a holiday in Bali Worth £4,000


Win a holiday in Bali worth £4,000, where you’ll spend five nights at Como Shambhala Estate in Ubud, Bali

Wellness pioneer COMO Shambhala celebrates two decades of existence at the same time as Condé Nast Traveller, so to celebrate we’ve teamed up with Healing Holidays to give away an incredible holiday for two in Bali worth £4,000

Fertile volcanic peaks, thick jungle and the roaring Ayung River – you don’t need to be a shaman to sense Ubud’s restorative energy. There are many holistic hideaways in the surrounding hills, but it’s COMO Shambhala Estate that remains the safest-bet, five-star refuge for smart travellers seeking spiritual highs.

The holistic sanctuary is grand and graceful, with butler-tended suites, lush deep-green pools and the most beautiful, calming surroundings. It is known for its personalised programmes and ahead-of-the-curve treatments, from Hindu water blessings and chakra-healing sessions to workouts in the jungle gym and guided walks around the spectacular estate.

The winner and their guest will spend five nights at the pioneering wellness retreat courtesy of Healing Holidays; as well as bed-and-breakfast accommodation, the prize includes airport transfers, a COMO Shambhala Signature Massage each, a lunch or dinner for two at restaurant Glow, plus activities including yoga classes and wellness talks. The prize does not include flights.

To enter, click here to see a photograph of a mystery destination. Read the clue and see if you can identify the location in the photograph, then type your answer back on this page, into the space at the bottom.

Additional T&Cs: This competition closes on 31 October 2017. For more holiday competitions, visit our competitions page. Prize valid for stays until 29 March 2018. Includes 20% off the rates applicable for a wellness programme or individual treatments. Advance reservation is required and is subject to availability. Not valid from 15 July to 15 September 2017, or 20 December 2017 to 6 January 2018, or 13-20 February 2018. Complimentary lunch or dinner does not include alcoholic drinks. Prize cannot be redeemed for cash, is non-transferable, and cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotional packages.

 

Source: Win a holiday in Bali | Spa break at Como Shambhala Estate Bali (Condé Nast Traveller)